Putin: Gays at Sochi Olympics Can Feel ‘Safe and Free’ If They ‘Leave Our Children in Peace’

The country banned propaganda for "non-traditional sexual relations" last June.

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With the Sochi Winter Olympic games just three weeks away, Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated promises Friday that gay visitors would not face discrimination in his country.

Citing the state-run Itar-Tass news agency, CNN reports that Putin offered the assurances while meeting with a group of volunteers near Sochi. Gay visitors “can feel safe and free here. But please leave our children in peace,” the Russian president said.

Yesterday, Putin promised foreign ambassadors in Moscow that the games would be run “without any discrimination” and “in complete compliance with the Olympic charter.”

The Russian-hosted Sochi Olympics have come under fire since the country passed controversial legislation that bans  “propaganda” for “nontraditional sexual relations” in June.

Western leaders have criticized the law, and gay rights groups have called for countries to boycott the games. In what some see as a sign of protest, President Obama decided not to attend the Sochi games and named several gay athletes to the U.S. Olympic delegation.

Meanwhile, the excitement that normally surrounds Olympic games has been overshadowed by fears of terrorism. Following suicide bombings in the city of Volgograd, which is about 600 miles Northeaast of Sochi, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert to tourists.

The Sochi Olympics are expected to be the most expensive games ever, in part due to added security measures by the Russian government.

[CNN]

36 comments
peacebewithyou
peacebewithyou

Boris get your head out of your butt, and  move on.What your President is doing is wrong. Who is he to talk with all his shirtless gross pictures of himself, he is just screaming gay. All he is becoming is another Hitler. And Hitler's mother was half Jew. Go figure. 

AmosBolay
AmosBolay

"But please leave our children in peace," says President Putin. I love Putin's statement, Please leave our children in peace. This is a clear indication that Gays are never in peace because they are indulged in an unnatural sex acts. Biologically sex between homosexuals are never healthy. Those involved must constantly visit medical centers for treatment, especially the ones who plays the female roles. Let's not even quote the Bible, biologically it is incompatible and unhealthy. They usually try to put up a smile, but are never really happy on the inside. They do not have peace within themselves. So, "please leave our children in peace. If you do not need peace, leave our children in peace. With that condition, you too will be safe in Sochi, Russia. They people who were once being described as communists and a people who did not know God have come to knowing God, and what is natural. God bless President Putin and the people of Russia!

MarkisMe
MarkisMe

In the U.S. there are laws against people who discriminate against people who are gay and also commit “Hate Crimes.”So, how is it that we send out athletes to Russia which discriminates against homosexuals and puts them in prison for nothing other than being gay.By sending our athletes to Russia the U.S. is actually saying, “It’s OK to discriminate and imprison Human beings just for being Gay.”Russia is opposite the U.S. when it comes to viewing homosexuals which to me is the main reason why the U.S. should not participate in the Olympics in Russia.Russia is committing a Hate Crime (by Western Standards) right out in the open for everyone to see and the U.S. tucks its tail between its legs and with its head down, cowers away without even making a peep.

The U.S. seems to have no problem spending trillions of dollars to go fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan against terrorists, but when it comes to coming face to face with a Leader who despises and hates homosexuals and puts them in prison all just because they are naturally attracted to the same sex, we become the 3 Monkeys who hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil.

There is nothing that President Obama or anyone else in this Government can say or do that would convince me that how the U.S. is hiding its head in the sand as if this openly display of condemning and imprisoning homosexuals by Putin and his Russia is OK.It appears the official U.S. policy here is to “Say Nothing” and don’t cause any waves.This is yet another blatant sign that the U.S. Government is a “Do Nothing” and “Say Nothing” Government when it comes to “Human Rights Violations” in this world.

JoeDixon
JoeDixon

People who are tolerant of or wholeheartedly support homosexuality are supporting death.  Homosexuality is the celebration of death itself!  All their parades should be called death parades instead of "pride" parades.  What else can come out of a practice that not only is contrary to the laws of nature but is the end of the line!   For thousands of years, every culture on earth has celebrated their continuation in the form of fertility rites etc.  Ours is the first that actually celebrates it's demise.  To any level-headed person this is not right.  One can see that it isn't right when we need to have laws to punish anyone who goes against the gay propaganda.  These laws would of made Goebbels proud!  Mr. Putin stands for family, nation and faith.  These are things that our western society used to stand for, but not any more.  If the west continues in the direction that it is going, we will be buried by societies that believe in continuation such as the Russian, Chinese and Indian cultures.  There is no future for us. 

IceToes
IceToes

Hate to say it, but even if you could completely "protect" children from any exposure to any references to homosexuality, there would still be some few who are gay. What a backward bunch of crap, to think that gays are out to get you and that it's somehow a contagious condition. Ignorance and willful misinformation is not productive and serves no society well in any way (except protecting those in some sort of authority). Just look at the enormous effectiveness of the religio-fascist-sponsored "abstinence-only" sex education in the U.S. ... oh, wait.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Russia adopted a law on prohibition of propaganda of homosexuality among minors.

If you as a father decided to save children from homosexual propaganda, for example, in Germany, you will have problems with the law and perhaps you land in prison.

Many children's father Eugen M. came in prison for his daughter, a student of grade 4 missed 2 lessons of the so-called sexuality education. Themselves outraged parents called these lessons outright pornography, which is spread very young children.

As it turned out, this is not the only case in Germany. Many Germans, who do not wish to have their children from the 4th class studied pornographic material at school, to they surprise found that so-called laws of tolerance shall not apply.

Europeans must democratic law to be tolerant to the public manifestation of sodomy, but their are persecuted and imprisonedfor trying to protect their children from pornography in school.

Europe is discussing the legalization of incest.
"The new gender community", as they call themselves require legalization incest in Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland.

Deputy of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) of the social Democrats offers legalize incest in Sweden.Member of the Parliament of Sweden Monica Grønn believes that incest should be legal. Article: Danish politicians recognize incest - "gender norm"

Legalization incest - conquest of winning in Scandinavia liberal revolution, said in a programmatic article Scandinavian neoliberals

"Incest"...with such name will be the software in all primary schools in Norway. This was stated by Minister of children and gender equality in Norway on national TV.

In the USA there is the organization of "B4U-ACT", which purpose is legalization of pedophilia, informs Lifesitenews.
The citizen of France Frank Talle was detained by the police during a picnic in the Luxembourg Garden in Paris. The reason of detention was his t-shirt, which depicts the traditional family

Children are the future. I think we should fight for the future of our children.

BorisIII
BorisIII

I wonder if Putin is also against those shell fish eaters since the bible says their both an abomination.   The bible is out dated we no longer need more people on earth to get through a low life expectancy, the black plague, constant wars.  We need less people on earth since life expectancy is around 70 years old.

VytenisDanieliusPoviliūnas
VytenisDanieliusPoviliūnas

Only this type of political pervert like "president" Putin could conclude that homosexuality and pedophilia is the same.

arvay
arvay

What an embarrassing statement!

Putin is on the same page with Michelle Bachmann. 

He's making Russia into an Orthodox Christian state, reviving the decrepit nonsense of Tsars and starets. 

Yes, Vladimir, the sissies are going to tap your vital bodily fluids.

Back to the 19th century!

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

The Guardian.
Vladimir Putin: gay people at Winter Olympics must 'leave children alone'

Vladimir Putin has said that gay people will be not be subjected to harassment at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as long as they stay away from children.

Putin is currently in Sochi reviewing preparations for the Games, which begin in three weeks. During a meeting with some of the thousands of volunteers who will work during the Olympics, he was asked why their uniforms were rainbow coloured, given the recent Kremlin anti-gay initiatives.

"We do not have a ban on non-traditional sexual relationships," said Putin in comments reported by Russian agencies. "We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia. I want to underline this. Propaganda among children. These are absolutely different things – a ban on something or a ban on the propaganda of that thing."

Putin also added that Russia was more liberal than some other countries, claiming that in certain US states homosexuality was still punishable by law.

"We are not forbidding anything and nobody is being grabbed off the street, and there is no punishment for such kinds of relations," said Putin. "You can feel relaxed and calm [in Russia], but leave children alone please," said Putin.

Since the law on "homosexual propaganda" came into force last year, Russia's gay community has reported an upturn in homophobic violence and threats. Gay rights rallies are also banned in Russia, and there has been much discussion over whether athletes or spectators displaying rainbow flags or gay rights placards could be arrested during the Olympics.

Earlier this week, Putin said the Games would be held "without discrimination on any grounds". But he added on Friday that Russia was a traditional country, and refused to accept European values on sexual orientation, claiming that some countries were even discussing the legalisation of paedophilia. He declined to specify which countries, saying it was easy to find out about such things on the internet.

Putin said: "What, are we supposed to follow along like obedient lapdogs, towards whatever consequences await? We have our own traditions, our own culture. We have respect for all of our international partners and ask that they also respect our own traditions and culture."

yvonwest007
yvonwest007

Russia may be screwed up on many issues, with endemic corruption and unhealthy hostility to the West. But sadly, they’re right this time. The ban, and the Western world extravagant reaction to it, gives the Russians some ethical credibility and moral high ground.

SeniorA.Titude
SeniorA.Titude

Putin sucks.  First, he's a homophobe. Second, he's a hypocrite.  Money talks and your supposed principles walk, huh? There goes your plan to make gays the enemy of your people so they don't look too closely at you.

JackHudson
JackHudson

@BorisIII That's hilarious that you would think the Bible is outdated. People who think like you were in fact foretold to be on the scene thousands of years ago.

Alejandro79
Alejandro79

@BorisIII It's not about the bible here. It's because putin is a populist that adopted this law because a majority of his people are unfortunately misinformed and ignorant, confusing pedophilia with homosexuality. If you think they're the same, of course you get afraid, i would too. For him it's all about his popularity though, so whatever many people want him to do or see, he will do. Shame really, putting self interest above that of everyone else. The world wouldn't get any better if we all act like that.  Guess they need an enemy to not have to care about the real, less popular problems at stake; extremism, alcohol and drug abuse, corruption. If he would succeed in bringing that down, he'd get the respect he's so desparately looking for..

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@VytenisDanieliusPoviliūnas
You are confused.

Paedophilia is prohibited in Russia. Homosexuality is not prohibited. Prohibited only  propaganda of homosexuality environment children.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@arvay  

Orthodoxy appeared in Russia long before the discovery of America by Columbus.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@yvonwest007  

Russia is a peace loving country. The hostility of Russia to the West only in your inflamed brains, unfortunately. Corruption in Russia can not disappear completely, as in any other country. In the United States, corruption is much more. In the United States corruption has long legalized and called lobbying.
 

eagle11772
eagle11772

@SeniorA.Titude Putin is just another dictator.  Another in a long line of Russian dictators.  And he looks like he's going to be Russia's longest ruling dictator for at least the past 100 years.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@SeniorA.Titude  


Your ignorance comes from the fact that many media in the USA is trying to distort the facts.
I  quoted TheGuardian, because she provided information without censorship.

BorisIII
BorisIII

@JackHudson If you believe in everything in the old testament.  I'm sure the reason the bible doesn't want people to eat shel fish is no longer relevant.  Calling it and many other things an abomination.  Or you believe where all going to hell.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@Alejandro79@BorisIII  

Sergey LAVROV, Russian Foreign Minister: «As regards the content of the new stage in humankind’s development, there are two basic approaches to it among countries.
The first one holds that the world must gradually become a
Greater West through the adoption of Western values. It is a kind
of “the end of history.” The other approach – advocated by
Russia – holds that competition is becoming truly global and
acquiring a civilizational dimension; that is, the subject of competition
now includes values and development models.»
"Enshrined in the UN Charter the principle of unanimity among the five permanent members of the Security Council in fact meant capturing the CONCEPT(!) of a multipolar world. The cold war brought it to bipolarity. Now everything is back in place."

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@Alejandro79@BorisIII  

Karl Müller. (Switzerland)
«Why Not Stop Attacking Russia?»

http://www.voltairenet.org/article181628.html

«The Western media disclose only and permanently negative information about about Russia. This campaign reached such intensity that the unwary media consumer can only think ill of this country. The negatives cover all areas of life and aim to bring back most of the old prejudices against Russia. … In the 1990s , with Russian President Boris Yeltsin Russia was gradually sinking into chaos, which spread over all aspects of life in the country, and was on the verge of bankruptcy, politically and economically and socially. … In 2000, and with the arrival of a new president, the new Russian government tried to change course. … Compared to the situation in 2000, the progress made by Russia until 2010 is remarkable: the social product has doubled, foreign trade has quadrupled, debts abroad are reduced to one-sixth of their initial value, wages have increased 2.5 times after inflation, annuities tripled, the poverty rate has fallen by more than half, unemployment has gone from 10% to 7% (today 5,2%), the number of births increased by 40 %, deaths have decreased by 10%, infant deaths fell by 30%, life expentancy increased by 5 years, the crime rate has decreased by 10%, murders fell by 50% and suicides by 40%, alcohol poisoning fell by more than 60%.»


eagle11772
eagle11772

@Sibir_Russia  Columbus didn't discover America.  That's a myth invented in te 19th century.  He never even set foot on the North American continent.

YangYongkin
YangYongkin

真心佩服俄罗斯的攻关宣传工作……请问你是克格勃莫?

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@DerekBolander  

We know that your soldiers regularly have sex with animals.
White House--Laughingly--Declines to Comment on Senate Vote to Repeal Military's Ban on Sodomy and Bestiality.  VIDEO: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/white-house-laughingly-declines-comment-senate-vote-repeal-militarys-ban-sodomy-and
I hope your perverts die over time as dinosaurs, and normal Americans will stay.
We in Russia do not need your values, which the USA is trying to impose on the whole world.

DerekBolander
DerekBolander

Sibir us homos are coming to sodomize you!! Be afraid and run! Hide your little boys!

Show us thy chaste ways

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@BorisIII@JackHudson  

The head of the Anglican Episcopal Church of the United States, the 52-year-old Katharine Jefferts Schori, who became the first woman to head this Church called homosexuality is God's Gift. According to her, some of the rules in the Bible are already out of date.  http://imgur.com/MvjL5sx

 on June 5, 2011 turned 30 years from the day that the United States was the first case of the disease of homosexuals with AIDS. Since then, the disease has claimed the lives of about 30 million people. Approximately the same number is a carrier of the infection.